Are Pasadena City College Trustees Trying To Scapegoat A Student Leader For The Dustin Lance Black Debacle?
Oscar-winning screenwriter, boyfriend of super–twink Tom Daley, and Pasadena City College alumnus Dustin Lance Black was recently disinvited from giving the commencement speech at the school after news of those ancient sex pics got back to the Board of Trustees.
Now a student leader is coming forward and claiming that he’s being unfairly blamed for the entire brouhaha.
Student Trustee Simon Fraser sent an email to the board where he slams Board President Anthony Fellow, the leadership, and claims that he warned them of the possibility of this all happening when the invitation was rescinded:
“The reason why I sent the email to the trustees in the first place was because I became aware, not an hour ago, [Friday night] that Dr. Fellow was using me as the blame guy for the whole debacle. I want to categorically state that Dr. Fellow’s assertions are not true…I can not fathom why the district has decided to blame me. Why Dr. Fellow decided to also blame one of his colleagues for this when it was clearly his decision to not invite Mr. Black.”
Fellow has dipped into hot and potentially homophobic water with some of his comments linking the Black situation to current sex scandals the school has been embroiled in, and the attempt to scapegoat an openly gay student leader only adds fuel to the fire.
There’s more to the story at the PCC Courier‘s website, including some accusatory and vaguely homophobic back and forth messages between Fraser and other students, and Black continues to voice his displeasure via the Courier and social media.
Seems like Fellow’s decision has come back to bite him in the ass, as this would’ve gotten less attention had they just let DLB give the commencement speech. Now, it’s turned into a bigger mess than Virginia.